The Asturias Energy Foundation (FAEN) has coordinated within the regional government the «Mixed Commission to Assess the Impact of the Energy Transition in Asturias». It was created in October 2019, with the following objectives:
- Provide reflections on the impact of the closing processes of mining and thermal power plants;
- Evaluate, through dialogue and consensus between the different actors who are part of the Commission, the social, economic, labour, environmental and technological impact of the Energy Transition, referring to each of the main regional sectors or activities (energy, industry, agroforestry sector, environment, building, transport, commerce, tourism, etc.);
- Determine the current or initial situation of this complex process and the main impacts on the Asturian reality;
- Highlight the future opportunities of the transition on economic activity, employment and diversification in each sector
A final document summarises the results of months of work of the Commission with 50 people from different sectors organised in five tables. They have held more than 30 meetings to prepare three different reports defining the starting situation, analysis of opportunities and recommendations for the future. It includes the results of sectoral tables of: energy and other energy activities, including transport; industry; residential, services and institutional sector; livestock and agroforestry sector; environmental sector.
Both the members of the Joint Commission and the members of the sectoral tables have contributed to the work and development of this document, coordinated by the Asturias Energy Foundation. It showcases a qualitative analysis of the effects that the energy transition can have for the Asturias region, based on the analysis of technical data and the definition of production and energy consumption scenarios. The most affected sectors, the challenges to face and the opportunities that are opened have been identified.
As a result of this analysis and the identification of opportunities and threats, an energy strategy is being developed with specific objectives for the region, together with a plan for the energy rehabilitation of public and private buildings. The latter will create jobs as well as reduce energy consumption and its environmental impact.
FAEN has also started working on a public-private partnership in the definition and implementation of concrete projects related to hydrogen, energy storage, offshore wind and electric mobility, among others. The proposed projects to be developed until 2030 reach a total budget of about 1.3 billion euros for which various financing routes are being analysed. Adequate technical and economic viability has already been achieved for these projects, which should generate significant direct and indirect employment.
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- Publication date
- 3 May 2023